Close to Home by Cara Hunter


Length: 385 pages

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What they say:

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying…
And that Daisy’s time is running out.

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2018, CLOSE TO HOME is the new crime series readers and authors are raving about.

The Review: Another book that didn’t quite live up to hype (sooo many big names have reviewed this!), although I did really enjoy it. I have to begin by saying that when you are reading an arc you take it for granted there will be editing issues, but here I had more than that, I had text jumping into the middle of sentences and conversations moving paragraphs, and, actually, I’m almost sure that two things they said happened, hadn’t actually happened by that point, so I think that text had moved too and so it is some testament to the book that I kept going. (Please note this must have just been the copy I got, I haven’t seen anyone else having these issues and this book is so popular I’m sure someone would have said!)

Anyhoo. This is  the story of the disappearance of Daisy Mason, an eight year old who was at a family party at 5 Barge Close, but suddenly disappeared. I enjoyed the setting from the start, and was right there, wondering how a little girl had disappeared with so many people about. We meet each of the family, a very ‘just-so’ mother (loved how they showed her to be when she thought no one was looking), the distraught father, who seemed to be hiding something and her brother, Leo, all with their own issues ( I felt so much for Leo and was very interested to see what he had to say when he spoke). I also loved the police procedure to begin with, although I found I couldn’t ‘see’ the investigating officer, as unusually the detective’s suppositions are relayed to us in the first person.

There is also a twitter feed in places, which I didn’t feel fit the genre, I would have preferred to have properly ‘heard’ the people talking about their opinions as they jumped to their conclusions on the family, how they were dealing with their disappearance and who had done it.

Another thing that didn’t click with me was that dialogue was given to us straight, with no inclinations as to how the people were reacting, so in the investigation room you wouldn’t see a person’s eyes darting  back and forth, or someone nervously tucking their hair behind their ear, that sort of thing!

Saying that there were excellent descriptions for me, both at the scene and beyond, the pacing was brilliant and I really couldn’t wait to see what had happened to poor Daisy and what would happen to her brother Leo. Thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5


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